I wish I'd never used the finger print reader on my previous phone. I've stopped now. Such a bad idea.

Fake fingerprints can imitate real ones in biometric systems – research

theguardian.com/technology/201

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Signal messenger to provide more protection for metadata, masking who is talking to whom.

signal.org/blog/sealed-sender/

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Aw dang. I was researching a video today covering some weird and wonderful heraldic shields, but unfortunately it didn't amount to much more than a slideshow, so I had to shelve it. Here are some of the stills though, some of them are quite interesting I thought.

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Signal is testing out a new feature that encrypts message metadata. Once it's widely deployed, their server will facilitate delivering messages but without having access to who is sending them

signal.org/blog/sealed-sender/

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there's still hope for humanity:

"Facebook exodus: Nearly half of young users have deleted the app from their phone in the last year, says study"

cnbc.com/2018/09/05/facebook-e

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PS: Checking Google's official help, it says I should clear the cache and try again. I wonder where they are looking for the internet.

Needless to say clearing cache didn't help. Maybe clearing data would, or a reboot (the other 2 options). But I'm not in the mood letting Google tell me when to reboot. And clearing data I'd most likely end up in all the GCrap auto-updating itself. After all, it always manages to update the spyware "Play Services"…

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Playstore sucks (on the only one of my devices still having it). Tells me there are updates, shows me tons of ads – but when I want to install the updates, it claims it has "no internet".

@fdroidorg to the rescue. For those ashaming cases, it has Yalp. And Yalp "has internet", can install the updates, and shows no ads – just the opposite. Well, true to its name: yalP 🀣

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Just noticed, I've already gone 2 months without having play services on phone. It really is feasible to get by without google nowdays. #fdroid alternatives to many apps are finally getting decent.

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Ubuntu Touch seems pretty great. Definitely the best option *currently* for Linux on a smartphone it seems. The interface has a great feel to it overall and there are apps in the app store. I like what @Ubports is doing and I'm pretty impressed so far. Now I need to see if I can actually make it daily-driver usable, but trying to figure out where to really start.

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Check out "Lovesick" on Netflix
www.netflix.com/title/80041601?source=android

Favourite show on Netflix! Check it out if you like rom coms!

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Today's "find," that everyone else probably knew about forever: Aptitude.

I like using the command line but want a "start menu" so I can peruse apps. Memorizing program names in their exact syntax is the biggest block to the command line for me. If I don't use a program for a little while I just forget that it exists, or have to do a whole internet search to find where the hyphens are so I can launch it. Aptitude helps.

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The only solution: don't use Google Play store to download apps. Use F-droid @fdroidorg

Mobile app data sharing 'out of control' - BBC News - bbc.com/news/technology-459524

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As predicted by many commentators, #CambridgeAnalytica is going to escape punishment because all the people involved simply formed a new (but legally separate) company:

bloomberg.com/news/articles/20

By going after companies and not people, it is very difficult to enforce privacy laws.

This is a familiar pattern that commercial con artists use: run up liabilities with one company, then transfer assets to a new company. If they get caught, they simply do it again, and it's legal.

#DeleteFacebook

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#Google has dropped plans to open a large campus in a trendy district of #Berlin that were strongly opposed by local campaigners.

bbc.com/news/world-europe-4597

n September activists occupied the building it was to be located in for several hours.

They also put up stickers in the area with slogans such as "Goodbye Google" and "Google is not a good neighbour".

Some were against what they said were Google's "evil" practices, such as tax evasion and the unethical use of personal data.

#FuckOffGoogle

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